Keeping kids entertained at home
Things to make, learn and play.
Arts and crafts
Let your little ones express their creativity with something arty - the perfect rainy afternoon activity.
Learning at home
If your child is of school age, they may have already been sent exercises and worksheets to complete from home. Need some more inspiration to fill up the day? Here are some fun ideas that that are easy to set up at home.
Top tips for learning at home
Try creating a timetable
Need a little routine? Make a plan for the week and stick it on the fridge- it will add some structure to each day, encourage regular breaks, and help you get a good mix of activities across the week.
What do they want to learn?
Use the time away school lesson plans to let them research a topic of their choice - can they make a poster or presentation about it? It's much easier to get motivated if it's a topic their interested in.
However much space you have at home, there are lots of ways to encourage kids to keep fit and burn off some of that energy.
3 fun ideas you can set up in the garden
- Winter Olympics: Get the whole house involved with different challenges and keep a tally of the scores. Running races, long jump, shot putt... these are all really easy to set up and a great way to keep warm outside during chillier days. Have fun making medals out of tin foil or sweetie wrappers and hold your own closing ceremony.
- Football tournament: If it's 1-on-1 opt for a penalty shoot-out, or do a mini-match if you've got more family members in your line-up. If not everyone in the group is a footie fan, include other activities like 'Best goal celebration' or dressing up as mascots.
- Let's go fly a kite: Breezier days are here, so what better activity to do than go outside and fly kites together? If your garden isn't quite big enough, then head to a nearby park or local green space to catch the wind and watch your kites soar.
In the garden
If it's bright and dry outdoors, it's a good idea to get some fresh air with these fun activities.
How about garden getaway?
Set up camp in your backyard for a makeshift mini-break. A cosy tent filled with snuggly blankets and cushions is the perfect set up for a night out under the stars - or just a day den for playtime and picnics.
If it's a bit too cold for camping outside, why not bring the camping in, by creating your own fort! Every successful fort needs a sturdy support to keep the sheets up. Try using a table or chairs to drape the sheets, and then keep the sheets in place by using some pegs. Just make sure there's enough space inside to make it cosy with cushions and blankets.
Ideas by age
Stumped for ideas? Here are some toys and activities grouped by age.